Jeff Jarrett recalls his reunion with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Founder of IMPACT Wrestling Jeff Jarrett made his return to the WWE this past April after being away from the company for seventeen years. Jarrett was announced to be a part of the 2018 WWE Hall Of Fame class and despite the words and barbs exchanged between the two sides, differences were put underneath the table and the former 6-time WWF Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett returned to the company that he once called his home.
Jarrett has been on a press tour around the United Kingdom over the past few weeks to promote the partnership between Global Force Entertainment and 'Wrestling Travel' in which the two present travel packages for fans to get to their favorite wrestling events and one of the first shows that the two parties are teaming up to work together on is Wrestle Kingdom 13. Jarrett dove into that during an interview with 'Express' but prior to talking about the 'Wrestling Travel'/Global Force Entertainment partnership, Jarrett discussed his relationship with Vince McMahon and what is was like to reconnect with head honcho of WWE for the first time since Jarrett was let go from the company.
"The McMahons are generational promoters. Vince’s grandfather was a promoter way back in the day and obviously his father was a very very famous promoter. Vince has taken the industry to heights that were unimaginable and so the Jarretts and the McMahons have worked together over the years and obviously me and Vince worked together from 1993 until 2001, and then, in short, I went one way and he went the other and then I started TNA and then the call came and what’s really cool is ESPN was documenting my entire Hall of Fame weekend and they sort of got me and Vince, the first time that we saw each other in person in 17 years." Jarrett recalled. "[We] gave each other a big hug and it was almost as if we picked up [from where we left off]. 17 years later we were back working together and going through the Hall O Fame induction ceremony. It was very cool. It was very good to see him in person.”
The conversation then transitioned to the partnership with 'Wrestling Travel' and Jarrett spoke at great lengths about what they are offering the fans.
“My family has been in the wrestling business for over 70 years." Jarrett said. "I’m a third-generation wrestling promoter and years ago when I first started there was a wrestling audience in the United States in 22 regions. There was [also] wrestling in Japan, wrestling in Mexico, British wrestling, there was German wrestling. There were areas of wrestling all over the world but the only way they were really connected was through magazines and then later the VCR, the VHS tapes as the years have gone on. But as the years have progressed and the world has been so much more connected in the digital age, our audiences in wrestling are very, very connected so to me it’s been a national progression of the business that I’m very excited to be partnering with Wrestling Travel and Lee McAteer [Wrestling Travel founder] and the entire team." Jarrett explained. "Because what we’ve done with my 32-year experience in the business and one of the world’s pre-eminent travel agencies, we’ve sort of combined the best of both worlds and now we’re creating custom-made, once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences. Our first project and our first event is the yearly biggest event that happens in Japan at the Tokyo Dome. That’s the first destination that we’re offering. We’re going to be offering packages all over North America, all over Mexico, you name it. If there’s a major wrestling event we’re going to have access and create travel packages for them.”
'Wrestling Travel' has the full press release about their relationship with Jeff Jarrett posted on their website. To add, Jeff Jarrett was present at the NWA 70th Anniversary Show on October 21st and to read about Jarrett's role on the show, check out Fightful NWA 70th results article.